Question #38: Inside My Camera Bag

Q: "Curious about the camera and your shooting style. Is the camera a fixed 22mm lens or does it have ability to changes lenses and the other question is when you do street photography is it just you and the camera or do you carry a few other items, i.e. a flash, etc." Jim

A: "Very good question Jim! A small rectification regarding my camera. The Fuji x100s actually has a fixed 23mm lens, which is the equivalent to a 35mm. It's not only a fixed focal length, but also a non-detachable lens. And that is the reason why I bought it and claim that it is the best camera I've ever owned. The focal length is ideal for street photography. Why would I need to change it? Also, I can shoot anything else with that camera (I took it to Iceland even!) I embrace the limitations, they make me a better photographer.

What else is in my camera bag? Batteries! The one small problem with the x100s is its really short battery life. I carry two extras with me at all times.

I never use a flash, for anything.

When I carry my ThinkTank Retrospective 5, my camera is never in it. It's in my hand, finger on the trigger. I still often bring the bag for a full day photo walk and I use it to carry personal items such as a water bottle, a snack and the tiniest travel umbrella.

I'm definitely a gear minimalist and I strongly believe in the power of limitations. Although when you're lucky enough to shoot with a fine piece of gear like the Fuji x100s, I would hardly qualify it as limiting...  It is, after all, the best camera I've ever owned. Not because it is technologically better, but because it has become an extension of me and my vision and it doesn't get in the way.

I hope this answers your question. Thanks again for reading my blog!" Valerie

©Valerie Jardin - My Fuji and the ThinkTank Retrospective 5

©Valerie Jardin - My Fuji and the ThinkTank Retrospective 5

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Conversation #5 With Ugo Cei About Photographing A Stranger A Day


It's been a while since I've had the pleasure to invite a guest to talk about photography. Today I enjoyed a conversation with Italian travel, landscape and fine art photographer Ugo Cei.

Photographer Ugo Cei

Photographer Ugo Cei

Ugo claims to be a geek at heart, who loves the technical aspects of digital photography and understanding what goes inside the machine.

His clients include Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, and Alitalia.

Ugo and I have known each other for quite some time via social media. Recently, I've really enjoyed seeing the daily images of his new A Stranger A Day project. I invited him to share his experience with you through a G+ Hangout. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Ugo Cei.

Sorry for the technical difficulties at the beginning and the end of the recording... Ah, the Joy of modern technology!

You can find out more about Ugo through his website and blog and follow his project on Google+

Here are a few images from Ugo's A Stranger A Day project...